2,000+ Pounds of Debris Cleared from St. John

The 2009 International Coastal Cleanup ended November 15 leaving Love City’s coastal shores and trails cleaner and St. John residents with a greater respect for their island home.

Friends of V.I. National Park is proud to support V.I. Coastweeks on St. John, and are even more proud of everyone who participated in this year’s cleanup.

More than 150 volunteers pitched in by removing almost 2,500 pounds of debris from 22 of the island’s beaches and trails cleaning over 11 miles of land both within and outside of Virgin Islands National Park boundaries.

Friends is also excited to announce that this year’s participation was even larger than that of 2008.

We would like to thank all of those who participated in cleaning our coastal shores and trails, especially those who adopted beaches and helped organize the cleanups: Arawak Expeditions; Cid Hamling; David Rosa; Elaine Estern; Fraser Drummond; Fish Bay Home Owners; Guy Benjamin School; Ms. Bennett’s’ class from Gifft Hill School; Holiday Homes; Jeff Chabot; June Mays; Karen Vahling; Maho Bay Camps; Ms. Cameron’s class from Julius E. Sprauve School; VINP Ranger Laurel Brannick; RAVI St. John; Sadie Sea Charters; St. John Film Society; St. John Land Sharks; St. John Rotary; St. John Unitarians; and St. John Yacht Club.

Remember it’s never too late to get in on the fun — to find out how to help year-round contact Audrey Penn at the Friends at 779-4940.